Lady Gaga Kicks Off Tour at BB&T

Lady Gaga Kicks Off Tour at BB&T
Ian Witlen
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Almost three years ago exactly, Lady Gaga performed back-to-back South Florida dates celebrating her immensely popular Fame Monster EP. Gaga seemed within reach of Madonna's Queen of Pop crown.

Her biggest blunder yet was pairing with R. Kelly.

It was hard to argue the contrary. Hits like "Poker Face" and "Bad Romance" dominated the radio, while her wildly creative visuals brought glamour back to the music video format — which died the day MTV decided it was preferable to give pregnant teens a reality show. She crisscrossed the globe reintroducing the spectacle back into pop music with her three-year Monster Ball Tour.

"The whole thing didn't make a ton of sense. But it was definitely entertaining," New Times said of her American Airlines Arena show back in 2011. And that seemed to define Gaga's aesthetic — a bit murky on the message but still a whole lot of fun to watch.

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Jose.Duran@MiamiNewTimes.comLady Gaga7:30 p.m. Sunday, May 4, at BB&T Center, 1 Panther Parkway, Sunrise. Tickets cost $35 to 200 plus fees. Call 954-835-8000, or visit thebbtcenter.com.

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But like Icarus, Gaga lately seems to be flying too close to the sun, believing her own star is still shining as brightly as it was three years ago, unaware she just might fall into a sea of her own campiness.

After Fame Monster, Gaga followed up with Born This Way, an album that divided critics and her fans alike. Instead of allowing herself the naturally become an icon to those who feel a bit different, she forced the message down everyone's throat. Still there were gems like "Marry the Night" and "The Edge of Glory." But what killed the album's momentum was a hip injury that ended her Born This Way Ball. And while she stepped away from the limelight, pop culture continued to evolve without her.

When Gaga returned last year with Artpop, she encountered a drastically different musical landscape where Katy Perry had adopted her signature quirky fashion sense and newcomers like Lorde were now considered the new unusual pop star. Still, Gaga begged for her "Applause," and it almost seemed like it was working until she started beefing with Perez Hilton publicly via Twitter and distracting everyone from what she was really promoting — a new album.

She sought the help of contemporary artists like Marina Abramovic and Jeff Koons to bolster her case that what she was doing was also art. Instead, what she delivered was an odd video about the "Abramovic Method" and a flying dress at her Art­rave party. It all seemed too forced.

Still, her biggest blunder yet was pairing with R. Kelly on "Do What U Want." After the Village Voice did a document dump revealing Kells' predatory ways, Gaga quickly went into damage control, scrapping a video by the equally nasty Terry Richardson and replacing the R&B crooner with Christina Agui­lera. The single and album faded quickly.

But now it's 2014, and Gaga has promised to finally unleash Artpop's potential on the world. Her tour kicks off here in South Florida and will set the tone for whether Mother Monster remains relevant. But with the underwhelming performance of her latest single "G.U.Y.," it's hard to say if anyone's still listening.

 
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illianog
illianog

Best pizza ever at Luigi pizza on las olas

ronpag
ronpag

Oh ooolou u need to educate yourself also! Go ahead and spread ur lies and hatred! Gaga's success remains unbothered! Bye delusional haters!

olvin_sanchez
olvin_sanchez

HAHAHA!!  Poor little monsters!  Their heads are exploding because Lardy Fatga is flopping left and right!!  Like a fish gasping for air!

ronpag
ronpag

Luv how all the loser haters come out of the wood work to drag Gaga! Really get a life! Gaga remains a major force in the music biz and has sold 800,000 tickets already! While some venues are not 100 percent sold sales are still good! The BTW TOUR was 99.5 percent sold out and u losers are still harping on the one half percent and exaggerating it to no end! Will this tour become 99 percent sold, I don't think so, but she outsells most major artists! If u don't like her go somewhere else, perhaps ur Trolldonna fansite!

olvin_sanchez
olvin_sanchez

Poor Gaga!  If you go to the Ticketmaster site and search for tickets for her opening night at the BB&T Center the venue is pretty much available in 99% of the sections...Opening nights are always sell outs...(except for Gaga that is!  LMAO)

lucymcfad
lucymcfad

Her tour is only doing well overseas, but is decidedly playing smaller venues then last time out in Europe. So, i hope she is selling out there. However, here in the U.S. tickets are not moving as quickly and have already been cut by 60% (no one is interested in paying $500 to see her) . Her Summerfest gig is still in danger of being cancelled. Not many second dates have been added like Katy and Miley concert dates . Australia is more of a disaster. Her album did terribly there. Australia will most likely be cancelled due to poor sales. No seconcd dates have been added. Katy has added a ton of extra shows there due to overwhelming demand. Australia is too expensive to travel to with a large production for single shows. Not worth it.  As for Europe , the UK is the only place she is doing well.  Artpop is dead. There will be no Artpop 2. Interscope has no interest in spending any more money beating that dead horse. They want a return on there investment and will make her tour. As for so called reports by Live Nation claiming her tickets are selling well , one can only take that with a grain of salt as her lack of album sales, radio play, and video views are plummeting . They would never tell the public the truth. 


Sophie
Sophie

Her tour is already a success and has sold out multiple shows across the world (including stadium dates even in Japan). Over 750,000 tickets were sold so far according to Live Nation, so you can be sure people are still listening. Who cares about selling $1.29 singles when you can sell $250 tickets? Gaga has already proved she's going nowhere.

ronpag
ronpag

I know who u r u asswipe! Ur the crazy hoedonna fan who has no life! U live 2 drag the real Queen Gaga! Ur trolldonna is irrelevant!

ooolou
ooolou

@ronpag " The BTW TOUR was 99.5 percent sold out "


On what planet is groupon deals, buy one get one free etc sold out  ?

uberweisen
uberweisen

@ronpag  Interesting how you call people who drag Gaga down 'losers' when you are doing the exact same thing by dragging Madonna down. Is that what Gaga taught you. Wow. You're a loser.

ronpag
ronpag

I suggest you get a life!

lisa34534
lisa34534

@lucymcfad --> Poor Gaga use to be a big star 2 years ago but she started flopping a year ago when she had to cancel concerts and fake a hip injury. When a so called star now has to sing at small venues like Stateline, NV Harveys Casion Lake Tahoe >> You are now a has bin!

lucymcfad
lucymcfad

@Sophie  Live Nation ......right!?!  Like they would admit publicly a tour was doing poorly!   Please!!!

sopiyahuot
sopiyahuot

@Sophie you got your facts right comparing to these idiots :) They really need to do some research before they start typing!

gellyG
gellyG

Definitely going nowhere. And fast too.

ronpag
ronpag

Ur an obvious Hoedonna fan! Bye loser hoe!

ronpag
ronpag

Because its always u hoedonna fans who jump at the chance to drag the only person the media thrives on!! Gaga!

ronpag
ronpag

Oh lisa! U need 2 get a life and an education! GAGA sold out in South America darling!:u must be referring to those pics sent in from trolldonna fans after the show was over! All the haters took to those photos as if it was an empty concert hall! Poor u dahhhling! And as far as u and pal parking lot comments, I think u and the haters in the lot smoking crap! Buy silly gurls!

ronpag
ronpag

Poor u Lisa u troll! Get a life really! Gaga remains the Queen!

ronpag
ronpag

Lisa, ur a real loser! Her BTW TOUR was 99.5 sold out! I guess you have getting ur info from the Trolldonna fansite! Get a life and go to school loser!

ronpag
ronpag

Get a life loser! Gaga rules haters!

lucymcfad
lucymcfad

@lisa34534  Last year? I think she jumped the shark with Marry the Night! Lets not forget her disaster in S. America. (i.e. having to play  in a parking lot). Stateline ? Wow, I thought Summerfest was pretty low brow. 

ronpag
ronpag

Live Nation would be the first to admit that and pull the plug like they did for Xtina. Get a grip, Gaga rules haters!

ronpag
ronpag

Get a life losers! Gaga rules haters!

ooolou
ooolou

@uberweisen Horrible idea. And it was never about fans but about ripping through an artists catalogue.

ooolou
ooolou

@ronpag Other pop starlets are doing better than Lady Gaga, what is "to drag the only person the media thrives on!!"   ?

uberweisen
uberweisen

@ronpag  Sorry for calling you a loser, I didn't mean it. Yes, I'm a Madonna fan, but I also like Gaga a lot. I love all the remixes from Artpop and Edge of Glory is my favorite song. I just wish us fans would stop hating on each other. I wish both Madonna and Gaga would get together and do a song. Take care. =)

calinvaquero
calinvaquero

@ronpag The only person I see spreading lies and hate is you sweetie. By the way just because someone doesn't like LG doesn't mean they are Madonna fans. People like you give Monsters a bad name.

ronpag
ronpag

Delusional! Perhaps u should go to school.and read rather than spread lies and hate! # read #getalife

ooolou
ooolou

@ronpag So in comparison, Lady Gaga is "old" too, seeing that she ripped off quite a bit from Madonna  ?

ronpag
ronpag

Blah blah hoedonna blah so old!

ronpag
ronpag

Thanks ooolou, I guess u also have had it those haters 2!

 
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